Need Something to Watch? Try These Four TV Sitcoms
Just like with books, I tend to go through phases of what I love to watch on TV and Netflix. I wrote a post a couple of years ago about the shows I was watching on Netflix, and they were mostly pretty dark. (I also haven’t finished most, if not any, of them… oops.)
My most recent type of TV show has completely changed, and it’s mos light-hearted sitcoms that are about 20 minutes per episode. I thought I’d share some of my favourites so if you need any recommendations, you can get a couple here!
I’ll include where you can watch them and how many seasons there are. Note: I’m in the UK, so if you live elsewhere, I’m not sure where you’ll be able to watch them. I’m sure you can find out though with a quick Google!
Parks and Recreation
Amazon Prime – 7 seasons – Watched twice
I’ve seen the whole of Parks and Rec twice now and I could happily watch it all over again. It follows the government of Pawnee, Indiana’s Parks and Recreation department, and the crazy things they get up to (which is a lot). It’s just so full of puns and every single character is great (if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on the gems that are Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), and so many more wonderful people). It’s also where Chris Pratt became well-known before his time as a Guardian of the Galaxy!
Oh, also, Parks and Rec has the BEST blooper reels I’ve ever seen. It’s worth watching the show just so you can see those. Most of them are on YouTube if you’re interested.
(Note: Parks and Rec is amazing at the beginning, but tails off at the end and gets a little bit desperate. Just a warning. Please don’t let that put you off watching it though.)
All 4 (formerly 4OD) – 6 seasons – Watched twice
This is another one that I’ve watched all the way through twice, and I’m currently watching it again. It just makes me so damn happy. It’s about a group of misfits who go to Community College and form a study group together.
You’ve got Jeff (Joel McHale), an arrogant but beautiful ex-lawyer; Britta (Gillian Jacobs), an activist for absolutely everything and is known among her friends for being a complete buzzkill; Annie (Alison Brie), an innocent 18-year-old who becomes a lot less naive as time goes on; Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi), a jock and a film nerd who are best friends and one of the highlights of the entire show; Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), a devout Christian mother who will not take any crap from anyone; and Pierce (Chevy Chase), the racist, homophobic, sexist grandpa of the group.
It’s just so fun, so silly, and I’d recommend it for a good laugh!
Netflix – 5 seasons – Watched once
This is a recent addition to my favourites list. For some reason, I was put off watching it for a while because it just didn’t seem like my thing. But when there was a load of drama a while ago with the show being cancelled and picked back up by another network almost instantly, I was encouraged to watch it by people telling me how amazing it is. I’m so glad I listened to them, because I flew through it and loved every single episode!
Detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), a talented but extremely cocky detective with the best arrest record in his precinct, has never followed the rules or worked particularly hard. That all changes when Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), a tough man who won’t take any of Jake’s cocky or stupid behaviour, becomes the new commanding officer of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct.
This show has so many great characters and iconic storylines, amazing female characters, LGBT and POC rep (including a gay, black commanding officer!) and so much more. Please watch it!
The Good Place
Netflix – 3 seasons – Currently watching
This is the most recent show I’ve been watching and I LOVE IT! I’ve known that it exists for a while, but haven’t watched it. I didn’t really know anything at all about it. Bored one night, I asked my friends if they had any Netflix recommendations, and a couple of them said I should watch The Good Place. So I did. It’s so funny and weird and I just love it.
Without giving too much away, it’s basically about a young woman called Eleanor (Kristen Bell) who dies and goes to the Good Place: a place of paradise where you get everything you desired back on earth, and you’re automatically paired with a soulmate. The people there are the best of the best: they’ve helped the homeless, fed and taught children in third world countries, campaigned against sex trafficking, and given kidneys for strangers. But when Eleanor discovers that she’s there by accident and hasn’t lived a life of purity and selflessness like her peers have, things start to go very wrong.
Like the rest of the shows on this list, The Good Place is just so silly and fun to watch. I’m so glad I’ve started watching it and I can’t wait to see what happens!
Have you seen any of these shows or do you have any more recommendations for me? If they’re on Netflix, even better!
⭐ Charlotte ⭐